In other words, if the Tolna Coulee has eroded down to an elevation of 1,446 feet above mean sea level by then, all of the water in Devils Lake above that elevation will forever flow through the coulee and into the Sheyenne River.
Local officials and North Dakota's congressional delegation met Wednesday for a Senate Budget Committee field hearing to discuss past help from the federal government and outline "new tools" in the 19-year-old flood fight.
Crews spent the past week erecting giant utility poles along county and township roads to provide electricity to two massive construction projects under way in the Devils Lake Basin — the $80 million to $90 million East Devils Lake Outlet and the $9 million Tolna Coulee Control Structure.
The North Dakota State Water Commission took the first physical steps Thursday toward building a gravity-flow outlet from Stump Lake to the Tolna Coulee in another effort to provide some flood relief to the chronically flooding Devils Lake Basin.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota State Water Commission should delay operation this spring of the Devils Lake East End outlet until they more thoroughly examine erosion issues, two Valley City, N.D., groups said recently.
The community of Minnewaukan, N.D., remains under a “boil-water” order after a water line broke last week. The order likely will remain until at least Wednesday, according to Allan Nord, fire chief and City Council member.
Threatened with flooding, Churchs Ferry votes on whether to dissolve Residents of Churchs Ferry, N.D., will decide Tuesday whether or not to dissolve the flood-threatened city in Ramsey County.
The election was prompted by a petition signed this past fall by four of the community’s nine voting-age residents. Polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m.
More than $89 million will be available for the Devils Lake Basin. That money, plus more than $10 million allocated this fall, pushes the basin to its new $100 million annual federal highway funding cap. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
Basin must be considered 'closed' in order to avoid road repair funding cap A federal funding bill that limits highway appropriations to the chronically flooded Devils Lake Basin to $100 million annually could delay the completion of major highway construction projects or postpone other road projects.
North Dakota is $10 million closer to securing funding for a nearly $100 million project to rebuild a flood-damaged, 17-mile span of railroad track and two bridges near Churchs Ferry, N.D. However, it remains more than $20 million short.
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